In December 2011, The Westerly Hospital had depleted its endowment and was less than two weeks away from completely running out of money. Founded in 1925 and employing some 800 people, the hospital was and remains an economic cornerstone. Accordingly, Rhode Island Superior Court Justice Brian P. Stern placed the hospital under the protection of a court-supervised special mastership, appointing me to that role. My team and I were charged with finding a way for the hospital to remain viable, retain jobs, and continue to actively serve the health care needs of the community. Over the course of two-and-a-half years, it has been rewarding to see the end-result: an economically viable hospital.
To the Editor:
My dealer is very concerned about the current direction Rhode Island is heading with regards to marijuana legalization. Obviously he cannot speak for himself for fear of his personal safety, so he has asked me to reach out on his behalf. He is actually a staunch advocate of keeping marijuana illegal, which might surprise people. Currently he makes about $160,000 every year, tax-free of course, and before decriminalization passed he made more than $200,000. If legalization moves forward, he could see his income shrink even more.
Beach erosion may seem unstoppable to seaside business communities in South Kingstown and Westerly, but new rules designed to allow experimentation to curb it could provide some short-term relief – if property owners decide to try it.
Do corporations have a right to religious liberty? The contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act has made this abstract-sounding question into the hottest constitutional issue of the day -- hotter, even, than the right to privacy from government snooping. The U.S. Supreme Court has gotten into the game by agreeing to hear a case on the issue and, in the meantime, temporarily staying the law under a range of circumstances. The stage is now set for a battle that will end in the court’s second major Obamacare decision later this year.
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